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  1. Roots of Virtue

    essay Fear of Missing out: A Marketing Ploy to Monetize Spiritual Cultivation

    Fear of Missing out: A Marketing Ploy to Monetize Spiritual Cultivation There are many violent ways to control and entrap unwary people, but often times it can literally pay back in saved time and money if you pay attention early whether there are subtle mechanisms of manipulation that heighten...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    essay Real Healer Saints and Communication with Angels? Hah!

    Real Healer Saints and Communication with Angels? Hah! In the past years there has been a somewhat universal Western trend that some people seek personal connection with what they imagine as divine and come up with practical approaches which could accurately be described as a genre of...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    group study Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra

    Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra is an ancient and influential Mahayana Buddhist text that chiefly discusses non-duality and the illusory nature of phenomena. I'm excerpting below the second chapter which is the shortest, but I highly recommend that you read the rest of the sutra text also. 2...
  4. Roots of Virtue

    group study Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, Hui Neng

    About the The Platform Sutra The T'an Ching, or Platform Sutra, has been a volume of immense popularity among the Ch'an Buddhists of East Asia for many centuries. Purported to be the teaching of the Sixth Patriarch of the Southern School of Ch'an, it has achieved the highest status possible for...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    group study Practical Mindfulness and Meditation by Western Dharma Teachers

    Buddha Dharma hasn't had more cultural visibility than a casual curiosity in most of the Western communities and the time of exposure has been relatively brief, but many Western meditation teachers have already gained substantial experience and wisdom to be recognized as capable Dharma teachers...
  6. Roots of Virtue

    group study Martial Kick-Ass Wisdom: How to Apply Power and Intention Correctly

    We have this forum branch for discussing about timeless wisdom as you well know. Having the correct view about meditation and spontaneous presence is always pertinent, but many traditional pieces of advice often come with the emphasis on retreating and centering peacefully within, letting things...
  7. Roots of Virtue

    group study Modern Nutritional and Dietary Research, Including Unproven 'Fad' Diets

    https://forum.alchemical.garden/threads/164/ Branching from the Food and Eating According to Traditional Medicine Paradigms thread we get to discussing modern dietary research. What does the materialistic peer-reviewed science have to say about nutrition other than that industrially prepared...
  8. Roots of Virtue

    group study Oriental Poetry and Calligraphy as the Language of the Heart and Spirit

    Oriental Poetry and Calligraphy as the Language of the Heart and Spirit If there is one distinguishing cultural feature that stands out in Oriental cultures, it's their sophistication with poetry and calligraphy. These two are often married together because the pictogram language and the...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    group study Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives

    Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives Here we go another stretch along the wisdom road. We are joined by the insightful commentaries of various Buddhist tantra and Dzogchen (Atiyoga) practitioners, mostly of different Vajrayana schools and maybe some Bön also. Expect to find...
  10. Roots of Virtue

    group study Ethics in Buddha Dharma

    The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha Dharma recognizes that liberation from suffering starts with accepting the goodness of heart. Every sentient being originally has a perfectly innocent heart that has become obscured by anger, greed, and ignorance. Although re-discovering the heart of the Buddha...
  11. One Finger Chan

    group study What will not go wrong?

    As you can see, the title plays with the name of this section. This one is inspired by almost a decade on forums. Why is it so, that some beginners, when starting to feel stuff, start to mix systems and fill in the blanks much like the gene sequencing described in Jurassic Park (1)? The...
  12. Roots of Virtue

    essay Generosity as the Perfection of Virtue and Wisdom

    Q: When you said that wisdom is the function, what did you mean by wisdom? A: The knowledge that by realizing the void-ness of all opposites, deliverance is assured and that, without this realization, you will never gain deliverance. This is what we call 'wisdom' or 'knowing wrong from right'...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    group study Zen (Ch'an) Buddhism: Practices, Teachings, and Commentaries

    Zen or Ch'an is an evergreen topic on spiritual discussions that touch Oriental cultural themes. The reason is because Ch'an decisively affected the cultural development of China, Japan, and Korea when it was the chief cultural import of Tang dynasty along with Confucianism. The spirit of Ch'an...
  14. Roots of Virtue

    group study Street Wisdom and Wisdom from Unlikely Sources

    Here we share and examine insightful quips that reflect visceral street wisdom. Wisdom bits from unconventional sources (e.g. profane circumstances) are also welcome if they are of great quality. Please avoid pop culture sources such as TV entertainment and movies. Mike Tyson quote in "Tall...
  15. Roots of Virtue

    group study Sensationalist Health News and Claims

    Sometimes we see news of supposed health breakthroughs or claims that a new health innovation will help you heal and keep fit. Is it an implausible money-grab and a complete waste of time, or could it perhaps turn out to be something? While science and materialistic knowledge may thrive with...
  16. Miroku

    essay Reversing Global Warming

    Here I would like to share a piece of writing done by one of my favourite lamas lama Pema Chophel. Lama Pema Chophel is an American Buddhist lama that has been practicing since the 70's and has been recognized as a trained lama in the Nyingma lineage. I extremely adore him for his traditional...
  17. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Divination 101: Consulting Oracles, Asking Wise Questions, and Interpreting Meaningful Answers

    Divination 101: Consulting Oracles, Asking Wise Questions, and Interpreting Meaningful Answers γνῶθι σεαυτόν / σαυτὸν ἴσθι Know thyself. — A Delphic maxim Knowing yourself is a foundational premise of spiritual development. The practitioner aspires to separate the true self (Self) and false...
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    question What Is Energetic Purity?

    First, you should understand that energy has different qualities that give it a tangible form or texture. This would be an esoteric and deep matter to discuss, as it delves deep into alchemy. Let's leave it at that. Second, on a more rational level energy can be like the light wave in that it...
  19. Miroku

    group study Healthy Relationship with Difficulties

    It seems to me that this is one of the first "realizations" a student should or could have on the Buddhist path. I cannot speak about other paths, mostly due to my own fairly limited focus, that I still sometimes consider to be too broad (that cursed desire to taste all 84000 dharma gates)...
  20. Earl Grey

    journal Sifu Terry's Wisdom Teachings and Quotes

    This thread is a selection of quotes Sifu Terry has made, i-ching readings, and sources of interest he feels practitioners should enjoy outside of basic practice. Most important: "HEALING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING." --Grandmaster Doo Wai "WE ARE AT OUR BEST WHEN WE SERVE OTHERS. BE...
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